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Title: Don't Drive on Froggy     
Track Time: 00:00 / BPM: 00

INTRO

CH 1
Don't drive on Froggy
Did you hear what I said?
Don't drive on Froggy  
Don't speak ill of the dead

VS 1
First time I saw Froggy - he was alive
But didn't look long for this world
Next time I saw him - he was gone
Now I'm just careful where I drive

INSTRUMENTAL BLUES

CH 2
You're tired and groggy
Didn't hear what I said
Don't drive on Froggy  
C'mon respect the dead

VS 2
Someone drove on Froggy - he was flat
Tough old toad - he didn't burst
I didn't drive on Froggy - that is that
Another careless driver - was the first

INSTRUMENTAL BLUES

CH 3  
Don't drive on Froggy
Did you hear what I said?
Don't drive on Froggy  
C'mon respect the dead
(repeat)

ENDING

© Steve Lundgren 2019
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Sketch, I am a Blues nur. I love this. Different emotional take on so many different levels, I love the humor, but second read, i decided to go for Froggy as a dude's nickname, yeah even with the toad reference, different emotional response, still worked, still a great traditional blues piece. Cool.

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I like it Sketch! You find inspiration in the strangest things. lol
You’ve posted a lot of lyrics lately. When do you think you’ll start turning these into songs?
Can’t wait for some new music from you.



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Well it doesn't do it for me, but I am the odd one out here! :)



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bunnythesinger wrote: Sketch, I am a Blues nur. I love this. Different emotional take on so many different levels, I love the humor, but second read, i decided to go for Froggy as a dude's nickname, yeah even with the toad reference, different emotional response, still worked, still a great traditional blues piece. Cool.

Bunny

Thanks, Bunny.

Good to see that you get the humor here. That is the intent.
I am considering how to make that work sonically. Do I need to make the music
upbeat and quirky, like the lyrics, or keep it soulful and bluesy,
and let the listener hear the humor in it. ???

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samiamiamsam wrote: I like it Sketch! You find inspiration in the strangest things. lol
You’ve posted a lot of lyrics lately. When do you think you’ll start turning these into songs?
Can’t wait for some new music from you.

Thanks, Sam.

Yes, quirky subjects are my trademark. Glad you like it.

I have a backlog of demos to complete from last year's lyric writing.
If I can lay down some vocals today on one I am in the middle of,
I should have that one finished this week.

My current FT job is sapping all my energy. But I look forward
to a productive season of recording. I just need to get my rear in gear.

- Sketch

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RainyDayMan wrote: Well it doesn't do it for me, but I am the odd one out here! :)
Thanks for the read and honest feedback. I appreciate it.
Watch for the demo recording. See if I can make it work on that level.

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Sketch, I fronted a blues group years ago and it really is my first musical love...At the weekly guitar and songwriters pull, im known as the blues guy as most everyone there does country...lol

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bunnythesinger wrote: Sketch, I fronted a blues group years ago and it really is my first musical love...At the weekly guitar and songwriters pull, im known as the blues guy as most everyone there does country...lol

Bunny

Thanks, Bunny. Good to know.

Even though my background is in blues, I have purposely
steered away from traditional blues in my songwriting.
I would say my guitar playing is blues-infused.

I use the Minor Pentatonic scale a lot.
And even as the relative minor in major keys.

Probably the closest thing I have written to a blues song is this one.
https://soundcloud.com/user-426611522/smoke-out-the-window
Smoke Out the Window

Although it could be argued that this is a blues song,
but without the traditional chord progression.
https://soundcloud.com/user-426611522/wake-up-dead-resurrected
Wake Up Dead

It may seem strange to say, but Blues is a rut I'm trying to stay out of.
I played blues exclusively in my formative years and was in a blues band recently.
I started writing songs after I left the blues band a few years ago.

Ironically the band went on to play in some blues competitions and placed well.
I went to hear them and had to tell myself, "You would have been up there
if you hadn't quit the band." -- But, I'm glad I did. I likely wouldn't be doing this
if I had stayed with that group. Fortunately, I'm still on speaking terms with
all those guys. I bowed out gracefully due to an irreconcilable difference.

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I only wish I had the guitar chops to play like Ive heard on your links. Nice job...played a little rhythm guitar but I sang. I didnt really have the looks to be a frontman, so I eventually made my way to the back singing lead from there...lol. Those were the days.

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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
samiamiamsam wrote: I like it Sketch! You find inspiration in the strangest things. lol
You’ve posted a lot of lyrics lately. When do you think you’ll start turning these into songs?
Can’t wait for some new music from you.

Thanks, Sam.

Yes, quirky subjects are my trademark. Glad you like it.

I have a backlog of demos to complete from last year's lyric writing.
If I can lay down some vocals today on one I am in the middle of,
I should have that one finished this week.

My current FT job is sapping all my energy. But I look forward
to a productive season of recording. I just need to get my rear in gear.

- Sketch



I know the feeling about work draining the energy. I was planning on working on some things yesterday.
But I ended up going to the county fair with some of my friends.
And today, I'm just kind of fat catting it, around the house.
I actually fired up the DAW after church but I only stared at the screen for a half hour.
I just feel mentally and physically drained at the moment.
I can't force creativity. I have to be in the mood.
I'm not worried though. It comes and it goes. And it will come back to me eventually.



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bunnythesinger wrote: I only wish I had the guitar chops to play like Ive heard on your links. Nice job...played a little rhythm guitar but I sang. I didnt really have the looks to be a frontman, so I eventually made my way to the back singing lead from there...lol. Those were the days.

Bunny

Thanks, Bunny.
That is a very nice compliment on my guitar playing.
As soon as I learned the first position of the blues scale (minor pentatonic)
I began improvising blues licks. I couldn't believe how easy it was. I never stopped.
Eventually I learned all five positions and began to improve my playing.

The scary thing for me in songwriting was the singing.
In fact, I wrote a song about it.
https://soundcloud.com/user-426611522/i-cant-sing
I Can't Sing

When I told my wife that I had written two albums worth of material (18 songs)
she only wanted to know one thing. Who was I going to get to sing them? - lol

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samiamiamsam wrote: I know the feeling about work draining the energy. I was planning on working on some things yesterday.
But I ended up going to the county fair with some of my friends.
And today, I'm just kind of fat catting it, around the house.
I actually fired up the DAW after church but I only stared at the screen for a half hour.
I just feel mentally and physically drained at the moment.
I can't force creativity. I have to be in the mood.
I'm not worried though. It comes and it goes. And it will come back to me eventually.

Yup.
You just have to be ready to pounce when some time opens up.
I thought I was going to have some time yesterday but my day filled up with other things.
And I had to get ready to play worship this morning. So, that took priority.

I did work on my stage tone today. I had been using too much processing. (pedals)
I have four drive pedals on my board. I turned the amp up and all but one drive pedal off.
I have an old Boss SD-1 that sounds so sweet. I turned up the mix on one of my two
delay pedals and found tonal heaven. Seemed appropriate somehow. - lol

- Sketch

PS -- As an addendum to what I was saying to Bunny...
At the end of the worship time we were in the moment just vamping on the ending chord.
I was laying down some tasty improvised lines. That's what I always get comments on after the service, or during greeting time.
I suppose that stands out the most from the rest of what I am playing, that usually hides in the mix a bit. 



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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
samiamiamsam wrote: I know the feeling about work draining the energy. I was planning on working on some things yesterday.
But I ended up going to the county fair with some of my friends.
And today, I'm just kind of fat catting it, around the house.
I actually fired up the DAW after church but I only stared at the screen for a half hour.
I just feel mentally and physically drained at the moment.
I can't force creativity. I have to be in the mood.
I'm not worried though. It comes and it goes. And it will come back to me eventually.

Yup.
You just have to be ready to pounce when some time opens up.
I thought I was going to have some time yesterday but my day filled up with other things.
And I had to get ready to play worship this morning. So, that took priority.

I did work on my stage tone today. I had been using too much processing. (pedals)
I have four drive pedals on my board. I turned the amp up and all but one drive pedal off.
I have an old Boss SD-1 that sounds so sweet. I turned up the mix on one of my two
delay pedals and found tonal heaven. Seemed appropriate somehow. - lol

- Sketch

PS -- As an addendum to what I was saying to Bunny...
At the end of the worship time we were in the moment just vamping on the ending chord.
I was laying down some tasty improvised lines. That's what I always get comments on after the service, or during greeting time.
I suppose that stands out the most from the rest of what I am playing, that usually hides in the mix a bit. 


Yeah, I agree with Bunny. You're a great guitarist.
And you know more about music theory than anyone I've ever known.
Some of the things you say go over my head, honestly.
But it makes me think. So don't ever stop. lol

BTW, the Boss SD-1 is the greatest pedal ever made, in my opinion.



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samiamiamsam wrote: ... BTW, the Boss SD-1 is the greatest pedal ever made, in my opinion.
I have one that is 30+ years old. It was practically beat to pieces when I bought it.

My first pedal; scratched up paint and missing all the knobs. It is my always-on pedal on my board. Set just slightly dirtier than a "transparent" overdrive.

It's in pretty rough shape. I bought a brand new replacement for it. $40.00
But I actually prefer the sound of the old one.

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samiamiamsam wrote: Yeah, I agree with Bunny. You're a great guitarist.
And you know more about music theory than anyone I've ever known.
Some of the things you say go over my head, honestly.
But it makes me think. So don't ever stop. lol

BTW, the Boss SD-1 is the greatest pedal ever made, in my opinion.

Thanks for the encouragement. I appreciate it.

I really enjoy writing about the theory behind the music.
I listen to those who talk over my head about theory as well.
That's how we learn. I'll be applying the new things I am learning to the new music coming.
Like the film score technique of using mediants and submediants (diatonic and chromatic)
to create chord progressions. I've been listening to a lot of Jazz as well. So...

- Sketch

PS -- My son and I got another music video animation project as well.
I sent the video Wallermeddon Armageddon to a guy who just finished an album.
We did his album cover. Now a music video is in the works. Cool.



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Here's a funny thing.

After rehearsal yesterday morning the bass player/sound guy said we were playing at 85 dbs.
I said, "Wow, that pretty loud." He said, "No, that's pretty quiet. We usually run over 95 dbs."

The sound check sounded really loud to me. But I'm not in charge of that.
My in-ear monitors protect me from the blast. - lol

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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
Here's a funny thing.

After rehearsal yesterday morning the bass player/sound guy said we were playing at 85 dbs.
I said, "Wow, that pretty loud." He said, "No, that's pretty quiet. We usually run over 95 dbs."

The sound check sounded really loud to me. But I'm not in charge of that.
My in-ear monitors protect me from the blast. - lol

- Sketch



Our sound guy at church is half deaf. lol



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samiamiamsam wrote: Our sound guy at church is half deaf. lol
If the other half is blind...  that could be a real problem. - lol

Otherwise, he should just turn it up until it sounds LOUD to him.

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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
samiamiamsam wrote: Our sound guy at church is half deaf. lol
If the other half is blind...  that could be a real problem. - lol

Otherwise, he should just turn it up until it sounds LOUD to him.

- Sketch


His daughter plays the baritone, and his wife plays the piano in our praise band.
His biggest problem (besides being half deaf), is he wont leave things alone.
The piano is always so LOUD. I probably hear "turn mom up" 2-3 times every Sunday. She is a good player though.
It gets a little frustrating sometimes, honestly. lol



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